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Old 08-27-2016, 10:09 PM   #1
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Any decent cad programs for Linux?


Anything that would compare to say Autocad 2000 in terms of intuivity? I can't seem to find anything decent. The closest is Librecad but it's still far from intuitive. I want to be able to draw a line, type a number and boom, it's done and that length. I want to be able to quickly select an area, and move, rotate, copy etc. 3D would be an asset too.

Anything exists for Linux that will met those requirements?
 
Old 08-27-2016, 10:27 PM   #2
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Two that you might like to look at to start with: FreeCAD (free as in beer and open source!) and openSCAD (GPL license). You might find FreeCAD a little more easier to work with IMHO.
 
Old 08-27-2016, 10:31 PM   #3
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I once met an out-of-work architect who lamented that he was six months behind on Autocad versions and would therefore be unable to get hired because he was not up-to-speed on the latest version.

Programs such as business accounting and CAD programs and other highly specialized niche business software are a weak spot in open source. The market is very small, the requirements extremely precise. I am not a CAD person, but I fear your pickings will be few.

It is said that open source developers tend to scratch their own itches. Perhaps that's why we have a gazillion media players and text editors and only three or four office suites, and the market for office suites is much greater than the market for CAD software.

Just my two cents.
 
Old 08-27-2016, 10:47 PM   #4
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Draftsight is a commercial (2d) offering with a "free" (as in beer) and "pro" version.
I've used the free version on Debian and it's proved pretty good for what I need.
 
Old 08-27-2016, 10:53 PM   #5
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descendant_command, that is good news.
 
Old 08-27-2016, 10:59 PM   #6
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Haven't used any CAD programs, but 2 more to look into, librecad and open cascade.
 
Old 08-28-2016, 10:30 AM   #7
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These might help a little
http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuEngineering#CAD
http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...15929/CAD.html
 
Old 08-29-2016, 12:46 PM   #8
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Depends on what you want to do. If it's architecture I don't know, if it's PCB there's Kicad. There is one called Solvespace for parametric/3D.
 
Old 08-29-2016, 04:24 PM   #9
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Mostly architecture/product design (Ex: building a computer desk and want to make a plan first), though been learning Kicad as well for PCBs.

I'll check out some of the ones provided already and go from there. Worse case I'll just keep using AutoCAD in a VM, but trying to move away from doing stuff like that and find native apps instead.
 
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Mostly architecture/product design (Ex: building a computer desk and want to make a plan first),...
Perhaps lignumCAD may meet your needs here?

http://lignumcad.sourceforge.net/doc/en/HTML/index.html
 
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Perhaps lignumCAD
Have you used this? How is it? What format does it export/import?
 
  


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